I research topics on mature welfare states with a particular focus on the role of housing markets, labor markets, and gender. My recent work has been generously funded through a postdoc from the Fonds National de la Recherce Luxembourg and co-funded by the European Commission Marie-Curie COFUND Scheme.
How do houses reproduce inequalities? In my book project, Hiding in Plain Sight: Social Stratification and the Politics of Housing, I argue that houses are a medium through which individuals and groups vie to secure status and power leading to social, economic, and political inequalities.
Houses are an ever-present aspect of the landscape, but the inequalities generated, reproduced, and tempered by the housing market are largely hidden from view. As assets, living spaces, and the basis for large economic markets, houses play a key role in shaping a country's stratification system. This book thus uses housing to trace a path from the welfare state to five key inequalities that together constitute the largest social and economic divisions found in contemporary capitalist societies: inequalities in income and wealth, and inequalities across gender, race, and age.
Publications and Select Works Under Review
No Exit: Social Reproduction in an Era of Rising Income Inequality with Herman Mark Schwartz
Politics and Society (2017)
Journal of European Social Policy (2017)
International Journal of Housing Policy (2016)
PhD Dissertation (2011)